Vacancy: TCAN board members

VolunteeringPosted by Philippa Faulkner Tue, April 25, 2017 10:42:56


TCAN are looking for enthusiastic, pro-active individuals to join the Board of TCAN. We are particularly interested in recruiting people who have experience of fundraising or business development.

We arrange various events throughout the year, including the Winter Festival and Christmas Light’s switch on. Recently, we have organised ‘hustings’ for elections and an evening with the leader of the opposition at the Scottish Parliament.

We are a community organisation and strive to improve the lives of people living and working in Tollcross. To those ends, we are working hard to open our Community Hub on a more regular basis, with access to a Citizens Advice Bureau adviser, as part of our service.

If you join our board, you will have the opportunity to be part of an exciting and growing organisation, with an ability to influence and shape our future direction, to the betterment of the people of Tollcross.

If you think you have the skills and experience to make a valuable contribution to our work please email outlining how you think you could help us


The duties of a TCAN trustee are:

· To ensure that the organisation complies with its governing document, organisation law, and any other relevant legislation or regulations.

· To ensure that the organisation pursues its objectives as defined in its governing document

· To ensure the organisation applies its resources exclusively in pursuance of its objectives, i.e. the organisation must not spend money on activities which are not included in its own objectives, no matter how worthwhile or charitable those activities are

· To contribute actively to the board of trustees' role in giving firm strategic direction to the organisation, setting overall policy, defining goals, setting targets and evaluating performance against agreed targets

· To safeguard the good name and values of the organisation

· To represent the company at functions and meetings as appropriate

· To declare any conflict of interest while carrying out the duties of a trustee

· To be collectively responsible for the actions of the organisation and other trustees

· To ensure the effective and efficient administration of the organisation

· To abide by the equal opportunities policy

· To ensure the financial stability of the organisation

· To protect and manage the property of the organisation and to ensure the proper investment of the organisation's funds

· To make sure the organisation is properly insured against all reasonable liabilities

· To appoint and support the employees and monitor their performance

In addition to the above statutory duties of all trustees, each trustee should use any specific knowledge or experience they have to help the board of trustees reach sound decisions.

This will involve scrutinising board papers, leading discussions, focusing on key issues, and providing advice and guidance requested by the board on new initiatives, or other issues relevant to the area of, the organisation's work in which the trustee has special expertise:

· to attend meetings, and to read papers in advance of meetings

· to attend sub-committee meetings as appropriate

· to participate in other tasks as arise from time to time, such as interviewing new staff/volunteers, helping with fundraising

· to keep informed about the activities of the organisation and wider issues which affect its work


Each trustee must have:

· integrity

· a commitment to the organisation and its objectives

· an understanding and acceptance of the legal duties, responsibilities and liabilities of trusteeship

· a willingness to devote the necessary time and effort to their duties as a trustee

· strategic vision

· good, independent judgment

· an ability to think creatively

· willingness to speak their mind

· an ability to work effectively as a member of a team

The board of Trustees are looking for a range of skills and experience, including, but not limited to, the following areas:

· setting targets, monitoring and evaluating performance and programmes in commercial and non-profit organisations

· financial management and fundraising

· marketing and communications

· campaigning

· education and learning

The Trustee board seeks to maintain a membership that has a wide-ranging level of experience so that the Board as a whole has the skills and experience to draw upon in its governance and decision making roles. At your first meeting, you will be given the contact details of the other trustees in order that you may contact them independently. You will also be able to gain an insight into the specific skills and experience individual members have so that you can seek guidance from individual members if required.

Note that this is a ‘volunteer’ position and not a paid role.